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Black-owned Businesses in Pittsburgh

Support Black-owned businesses in Pittsburgh.

Explore an important part of Pittsburgh's culture through its Black-owned business. From restaurants and bars, to arts and culture, you won't want to miss these local favorites.

These are just a few notable highlights. If you know of a business we should add, please let us know.

Black-owned Restaurants & Food Services  

  • 1:11 Juice Bar: Black and minority women-owned small business with locations in Southside Works and One Oxford Center, offering nearly 40 flavors of organic and cold-presses juices and juice shots.
  • 9 Café: Located in the heart of Wilkinsburg, 9 Café welcomes the community with real and affordable food.
  • Affordable Elegance Catering: Led by Chef Hassan Davis, Affordable Elegance provides catering services, decoration and clean-up as a one-stop shop for everything from small events to gigantic celebrations.
  • Back to the Foodture: This creative Contemporary American restaurant takes a modern twist on wings, burgers, grilled hotdogs and fries. 
  • Blowfish BBQ: Based in a food truck, Blowfish BBQ features low and slow wood fired, Pittsburgh-style BBQ. 
  • Café on the Corner: (Temporarily Closed) Café on the Corner is a community hub for events, commerce, conversation and cuisine – and features daily specials online.
  • CARES CommuniTEA Cafe: Located in the Hill District, CARES CommuniTEA Cafe is a social enterprise initiative to provide entrepreneurship and workforce experience to youth and young adults while also creating a hub for community networking and information sharing. The cafe serves breakfast, lunch, cold and hot drinks, candy and cakes.
  • Carmi Soul Food: Named a top soul food restaurant in Pittsburgh, Carmi’s specializes in traditional African American Soul Food, Southern Fare and Cocktails. 
  • Cobbler World: Serving delicious cobblers and amazing desserts, Cobbler World now offers pick-up, delivery and shipping options. 

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  • Crabs R Us: Crabs R Us sources fresh ingredients from local farmers markets and is run by a chef with 20 years of experience cooking in the finest restaurants.
  • Dana’s Bakery: Located in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood, Dana’s Bakery is serving the sweetest of treats with more than 30 years of experience.
  • Dirty Birds Chicken LLC: Located in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood, Dirty Birds Chicken serving specialty waffles and wings. Catering options are also available. For ordering information, send a message on Instagram or email
  • Everyday Café: Everyday Café is Homewood’s hub for innovation and inspiration, with a menu featuring hand-crafted beverages, sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries.
  • Echt: Mount Oliver-based coffee house and micro-roastery offering bistro-style breakfast and lunch.
  • Fireside Caribbean Restaurant: Serving generous portions of Caribbean food, Fireside Caribbean has pick-up and delivery options available.
  • Flavors Famous Street Food: Located in Marshall-Shadeland, Flavors serves Chicago-style BBQ, flavored wings, jumbo gyros and more. 
  • Fry Bar LLC: Fry Bar brings fresh quality farm-to-table food to consumers in McKeesport; producing a menu that contains foods that emphasize quality over convenience.
  • Fudge Farm: With multiple locations in Pittsburgh, Fudge Farm is a gourmet fudge, chocolate and ice cream shop specializing in the Ultimate Milkshake Mania. 
  • Gabriella’s Restaurant: Located in the South Side, Gabriella’s is known for its delicious breakfast and lunch options. 
  • Gibson's Takeout and Catering: Family-owned Black business based in Penn Hills which has been in business for 17 years and specializes in home cooking like your grandma used to make. 
  • Grandma B’s: Serving diner fare, Grandma B’s is a lunch counter located in the Hill District.  
  • Griff’s Grounds Coffé: Specializing in made-to-order French-Pressed coffee and tea, Griff’s Grounds is proud to make every drink fresh on-order. 
  • Happy Day Dessert Factory: The North Side’s Happy Day Dessert Factory serves fresh made cones, cookies, cakes and shakes daily.
  • Hazelwood Cafe: Opened in 2022, this vibrant cafe serves up single-origin African coffee, pastries and an outstanding lunch menu of soups and sandwiches.
  • House of Soul Catering, LLC.: House of Soul Catering, LLC., is located in Munhall and features an extensive soul food menu with platters, wings and sides. 
  • Island Spice: Serving authentic, Caribbean cuisine, Island Spice is located in Carnegie.
  • Kevin’s Deli: Kevin’s Deli serves breakfast and lunch in Oakland’s Webster Hall. 
  • Kilimanjaro Flavour: Twisted to fit every occasion, Kilimanjaro Flavour is a food truck serving unique Tanzanian dishes. 
  • Leon’s Caribbean Restaurant: Located in Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood, Leon’s serves authentic Jamaican cuisine for lunch and dinner.
  • Live Fresh Cold Pressed Juice + Smoothie Bar: Delivering a nutritional and satisfying experience, Live Fresh serves 100% natural and fresh Cold Pressed juices and smoothies.
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  • Michael's Manna: Foodservice company offering catering, private chef services, chef consulting, opening chef services and product sales. Helmed by Pittsburgh native and chef Michael L. Pattillo.
  • Ma’s Honey: Ma’s Honey is homecooked food featuring different dinners every Sunday and catering options.  
  • MadDez Sweetz: A delightfully distinctive bakery offering a wide assortment baked goods including vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and diabetic options.
  • Momma Gayles Soulfood Cafe: Mt. Oliver hotspot known for their amazing greens, catfish, mac'n cheese and other soul food favorites.
  • Momma-licious Food Truck & Catering: This Pittsburgh-based food truck cooks up delicious food and desserts, specializing in seafood. 
  • Mon Valley Kitchen: Located in West Mifflin, Mon Valley Kitchen offers breakfast, dinner and catering options.
  • MyTáque: MyTáque offers in-home, luxury dining services to make event-planning easy with catering and personal chef services.
  • NaKa EndZone BBQ: Crafton’s NaKa EndZone BBQ signature dish is BBQ that is falling off the bone. 
  • Nic Nac’s Kitchen: Serving up delicious bites, Nic Nac’s Kitchen in Penn Hills is available for dine-in or takeout. 
  • Noire Expedition: Distillery that focuses on telling the stories of the owner's ancestors through gin and other spirits.
  • Pauline’s Caribbean Soul Cuisine: Located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, this family-owned restaurant serves traditional Caribbean cuisines. 
  • Pure Grub: Serving gluten- and dairy-free foods, Pure Grub specializes in using organic or naturally grown ingredients. 
  • Q&M’s Fish, Chik & Ribs: Offering dine-in, takeout and catering options, Plum’s Q&M’s restaurant features brisket and pulled pork.
  • Quik-It Chicken: Specializing in fried chicken, this North Side staple has been locally owned and operated since 1984. 
  • Ribs N Bread: Located in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, Ribs N Bread is an award-winning BBQ restaurant with smoked ribs, chicken and more. 
  • Rockslanding Sports Bar & Grille: Come in to watch your favorite game while drinking your favorite drink at The Rocks with both indoor and outdoor bar and dining available.
  • Royal Caribbean Takeout: Delivering authentic Caribbean flavor, this Wilkinsburg restaurant includes appetizers, salads and entrees. 
  • Roux Orleans: A catering company bringing authentic New Orleans cuisine to Pittsburgh.
  • ShadoBeni: Available at the East Liberty Farmers Market, ShadoBeni features Trinidadian Vegan Cuisine, including a homemade pepper sauce. 
  • Showcase BBQ: Serving irresistible ribs and chicken BBQ, Showcase BBQ is located in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood.
  • Simmie’s Restaurant and Lounge: Now a full-service restaurant, Simmie’s is a neighborhood go-to serving up ribs, wings, mac and cheese, fried shrimp and more. 
  • Soul Food Connection: Serving up soul food in Wilkinsburg, this restaurant is best known for “from-scratch” items like fried fish and chicken, as well as green beans. 
  • Soul & Sea: Established in 2017, Soul & Sea has locations in the South Side and Penn Hills and specializes in both soul food and seafood. 
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  • Tana Ethiopian Cuisine: Located in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood, Tana’s features authentic meat entrees, sides and platters.
  • The Dream BBQ: This Homewood staple features BBQ ribs and chicken. 
  • The Genuine Pub: Offering daily food and drink specials, The Genuine Pub in Penn Hills also features special events regularly. 
  • The Lunch Box: Serving salads, soups, breakfast and paninis, The Lunch Box is located on the North Side and available for carryout.
  • The Spot Etc.: Known for its Bacon Cheeseburger, Philly Chicken Hoagie and Steak Salad, The Spot Etc. is located in Penn Hills and available for online orders. 
  • TLC Libations: Black woman founded and owned distillery selling cocktails by the keg and bottle. Oasis Taproom also available by appointment.
  • Veggies N’At: Veggies N’At has prepared vegan meals and catering and is available for pick-up and events. 
  • Vibe BellevueVibe Bellevue is a fun and positive energy bar serving healthy smoothies, protein coffees, energizing teas and more.
  • Vickey’s Soul Grill Takeout & Catering: Specializing in soul food, vegetarian and vegan cuisine, Vickey’s Soul Grill is a fast-food and catering provider located in McKeesport. 
  • Walter’s Southern Kitchen: Located in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood, Walter’s is a Texas-style BBQ and Southern Comfort Food restaurant, and also features a brunch menu on the weekends.  
  • Wild Rise Bakery: Available for online orders, Wild Rise Bakery features baked goods with locally sourced gluten-free grains. 
  • Wings And A Prayer: Featuring homestyle cooking and comfort food, Shadyside’s Wings And A Prayer specializes in collard greens, fresh cut yams, baked mac and cheese and more. 
  • Young Brothers Bar: Located in Mashall-Shadeland, this bar is open seven days a week and serves as a hub for community events and family gatherings. 

Black-owned: Extra Offerings

  • Barrel & Flow Fest: Barrel and Flow Fest is the country’s first Black Brew Festival – a celebration of Black-owned breweries regionally and across the country.
  • C Franklin Insurance: Full service insurance agency located in the heart of East Liberty. (Phone: 412-215-5298)
  • Goudelock & The 3 Bears Publishing: Woman and POC-owned press that produces books, music and literature for children focused on diversity and empowering diverse and underrepresented communities.
  • iShip & Pack: Located on 5829 Forward Ave. the experts at iShip & Pack are your go-to resource for packing, shipping, printing and business services.
  • Keeta Mobile Pet Spa: Premier grooming experience for your fur baby. This mobile groomer offers the convenience and comfort of coming to your location.
  • M.O. Lawn Care & LandscapingA landscaping business that provides efficient and reliable service to the northern neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. 
  • The Place to Soar: Personal transformation expert Anita Russell offers coaching, online learning and events to help you achieve your goals and is also an international bestselling author and podcaster.
  • Power Bites: Nutritious, delicious and gluten-free, these organic dark chocolate bites were created by a local Pittsburgher by accident. 
  • Soil Sisters Plant Nursery: Pittsburgh's premier plant nursery. Each and every plant will have been gracefully tended to by the Soil Sisters personally. 
  • Uncle Jammy’s: Uncle Jammy’s offers amazing sauces and seasonings with online ordering available.
  • Wingman Travels: Travel agency offering a full-service product line: airline tickets, rental cars, car service, hotel bookings, shopping apparel, and more.

Black-owned Apparel, Fashion, & Shopping 

  • 360 Café LLC: This online boutique is an alternative and spiritual business, providing affordable holistic health and wellness care. 
  • A&D Royal Ink: Custom t-shirts, tumblers, candles, hats, totes and more.
  • Angels Accessories: Family-owned online business selling trendy and fashionable accessories internationally.
  • BlakbirdJewelry: An online shop featuring hand cut metal jewelry.
  • CC Xpressions: Specializing in accessories, ranging from extensions, hair accessories, jewelry and makeup, this online boutique’s mission is to inspire women to love and be comfortable in their own skin. 
  • Elated Culture: Elated Culture’s apparel focus is to tell the story of culture through fashion.
  • Emmanuelle CeramicsHandmade functional ceramic dinnerware and home wares using hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramic techniques.
  • Immaculée by Annette Hair Co.: You can count on Immaculée by Annette Hair Co. to provide you with well-made 100% human hair extensions with comprehensive guidance to find you the perfect fit.
  • Kin of Duncan: Founded by a 13-year-old, Kin of Duncan specializes in t-shirts for kids and fur kids. 
  • Kiya Tomlin Fashion: With all products cut and sewn in a Pittsburgh workshop, Kiya’s mission is to design clothes to simplify life, not style.  
  • Knotzland: Established in 2014 and specializing in custom bowties, Knotzland recycles textile discards and reuses them to create a stylish accessory – a bowtie. 
  • Jojo Shoes: Located in Sewickley, Jojo Shoes are extremely stylish and comfortable shoes designed with all types of women in mind.
  • Jones Printing: One Stop Print Shop for business and personal printing needs, such as,  business cards, signage, promotional items and much more.
  • Levi's Kozy Korner: Offering warm and "Kozy" products, Levi's Kozy Korner creates and sells handmade custom chunky knit throws and pillows.  
  • Lipstyck Lab: (Opening late March, 2023) Custom cosmetics are the new in fashion. Create your own custom colors with owner Jae' or shop Lipstyck Lab's lipsticks, lipgloss and other products.
  • Oakland Fashion Optical: Providing independent quality eyewear since 1984. 
  • Soapy Solutions: As a family-owned business, Soapy Soulutions is committed to providing customers with high-quality, natural skincare solutions that promote healthy skin.
  • Styling By Chi: Fashion stylist who creates outfits and fashion imagery for clients and magazines. 
  • S. Moye’ Fashion: Celebrating women by creating ready-to-wear fashion, S. Moye’ designs are infused with elegance and a touch of edginess. 
  • Third Day Soaps Garden Wellness: Pittsburgh manufacturer of plant-based skin and body care products including therapeutic herbal bath and body products, soaps, lotions, creams, body scrubs, facial products and more.
  • The Tiny Bookstore: Pittsburgh's smallest independent bookstore featuring new and bargain books, gifts, toys and collectibles. 
  • Ujamaa Collective: Fair trade artisans’ boutique featuring handmade merchandise from Africana/Black artists and makers, located in the Historic Hill District.
  • WaySlay: A beauty supply delivery service providing items right to your door in as little as 20 minutes.
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Black-owned Arts Organizations & Groups 

  • African-American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh (AAJPSP): The mission of the AAJPSP is to preserve, disseminate and promote the history, accomplishments and talents of the African American Jazz Experience
  • Afrika Yeto Dance Company: Afrika Yeto is a cultural hub, building bridges between African immigrants and uniting people through education, the arts and social networks.
  • Afro-American Music Institute: The Institute’s mission is to engage youth in the practice, theory and knowledge of Afro American musical contributions to the world. 
  • August Wilson Center for African American Culture (AWAACC): Dedicated to honoring and supporting the important cultural contributions of African Americans, the AWAACC features live performances, visual art, educational opportunities and more. 
  • Balafon West African Dance Ensemble: Balafon’s mission is to provide cultural connections to West Africa through performances and programming. 
  • BOOM Concepts: A space for field building, knowledge sharing, mentorship and storytelling, BOOM Concepts is a community organization created for artists, musicians and entrepreneurs who have common interests. 
  • BPlus Arts: Brett C. Wormsley is the owner of BPlus Arts and specializes in graphic design, illustrations and cinematography. 
  • Brown Bomber Designs: Committed to providing creative, original and quality designs, Brown Bomber Designs is a graphic design and brand consulting company. 
  • Caribbean Vibes Steelband: Bringing the Caribbean to you, the Caribbean Vibes Steelband provides lively, unique, relaxing and vibrant music. 
  • Department of Africana Studies, University of Pittsburgh: This  department at the University of Pittsburgh is dedicated to advancing the study, research, interpretation, production and dissemination of knowledge pertaining to the experiences of people of African descent in Africa and the Diaspora. It includes the Sahara Dance Troupe, Shona Sharif Drum & Ensemble and The Black Dance Workshop.
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  • First Sip Studios: First Sip Studios creates empowering video and photos for businesses as well as the Share Your Purpose program to help disadvantaged businesses in low-income areas.
  • Hey Des!gn Guy: Owned by LaVar McCline, Hey Des!gn Guy is an award-winning designer specializing in brand development, creative writing, graphic design and internet marketing. 
  • Hill Dance Academy Theatre: Using academy style training, performances, master classes and real-life experiences, the Hill Dance Academy Theatre develops and trains students 3-18 in Black Dance Traditions.
  • iCamW Productions: Local multimedia production company with an emphasis on audio and music creation along with video and photographic visuals.
  • Jazz Workshop INCorporated: Jazz Workshop is a music education program celebrating more than four decades of community interactive mentoring through music. 
  • Kelly Strayhorn Theater: The Kelly Strayhorn Theater encourages diverse, inclusive and high quality, artistic, cultural and educational activities, and contributes to cultural understanding and economic development within the community and region. 
  • Kiln-N-Time: Located in Lawrenceville, Kiln-N-Time is a contemporary paint your own pottery and canvas painting studio. 
  • Kolor N Kiln Pottery Studio: This pottery studio located in The Mall at Robinson offers classes and various paint sessions including ceramics, glassware, wood cutouts, and mosaic.
  • Manchester Craftmen’s Guild (MCG): An internationally renowned jazz series in Manchester, on Pittsburgh’s North Side, dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting jazz. 
  • Motor Mouth Multimedia: Multimedia organization offering a collaborative approach to communications, branding, social media, video production, photo and video services for your business.
  • Negro Gato Afro Brazilian Music & Dance: The music and dance ensemble bring to its audiences the rich African influencers rhythms and dances. 
  • New Horizon Theater, INC. (NTH): New Horizon Theater was founded to bring high-quality cultural events, reflecting the African-American points of view, to Pittsburgh – and to provide an ongoing venue for ethnic writers and performers. 
  • Ya Momz House Inc.: Established in 2001, Ya Momz House, Inc., is a full-service, Emmy Award-winning multimedia company. 
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Black-owned: Health & Wellness

  • American CPR Connection: Authorized training site for the American Heart Association in CPR/AED/First Aid, basic life support, advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support for virtual, blended and in-person classes.
  • Black Dreams Escape: A radical therapeutic practice that centers Black and Indigenous rest as a primary component of holistic mental health.
  • CPR Flow: Offers training and certification through the American Heart Association that offers blended and virtual classes for CPR/AED/First Aid, basic life support, advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advance life support.
  • Eye Kandiee Artistry: The place to go to look well, feel well, and be well, Eye Kandiee Artistry offers waxing, skincare, eyebrow and eyelash services. 
  • Naptural Beauty Supply: Beauty supply store specializing in natural hair care and protective hair styling services.
  • Panthro Fitness: A fitness facility concentrating on changing lives through fitness, nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle.
  • Peachy's Therapeutic Massage: Offering Therapeutic Massages for relaxation and pain, Peachy's services include Hot Stones, Cupping and Aromatherapy with a specialty in Trigger Point Therapy Release. Their second location is now open in Pittsburgh's Brookline neighborhood. 
  • Quick Drip IV: Located in the South Side, Quick Drip IV is a hydration therapy lounge that helps you recover fast and boost energy by distributing vital fluids and nutrients throughout the body. 
  • Royally Fit: Royally Fit is a holistic health and wellness brand providing solution-based products and mobile community wellness programming. The organization advocates being fit in every aspect of wellness and does so by facilitating education, resources and equitable access to health and wellness tools.
  • Total Peace and Wellness: Located in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood, Total Peace and Wellness is a CBD store selling quality full spectrum hemp products. 
  • Yoga Motif: A creative wellness practice that uses yoga and art making to inspire healing.

Black-owned Event Services

  • Blanket & Board: Providing a fun, outdoor experience, Blanket & Board is an event planning service designing and creating elaborate picnics in Pittsburgh.
  • Encore Event Design: An event design company offering a wide range of services to help create the perfect atmosphere for your events and celebrations.
  • Hudson Event Design: A balloon and décor design company that strives to make party-planning a stress-free and enjoyable experience. We specialize in balloon enhancements, luxe + trendy party supplies and rentals.
  • Make Sure You Have Fun: A promotional group that hosts the city's most exciting, unique, diverse and eclectic nightlife & specialty events.
  • May Lav Elite Cleaning: A residential, commercial, and event cleaning company
  • Posy Floral & Event Styling: Florist and professional design for sets, editorial / photo shoots, home and business.

Our hope is to make this an all-encompassing list for our visitors. If you know of a business we should add, please let us know.